11 September

Don’t wait too long…

Don’t wait too long…

When my daughter, Annika, was almost three years old, she wasn’t nearly as talkative as her older brother had been at that same age. I didn’t think twice about it. Each child is different. I think my son, Mark, talked in the womb! To have one that was a little harder to understand, or a […]

29 July

Are you being used?

Are you being used?

Summer should be such a happy time of year, right? What could be better than vacations, sunshine, and beaches? This particular summer I got neither a beach nor a vacation, but at least I was free from the rat race of homework. (That alone is a vacation worth celebrating, if you have school age children.) […]

24 July

Our Bugatti

Our Bugatti

I am a woman who cares very little about cars. I literally grew up thinking a Honda Accord would be my dream car. I am way too practical. Insurance, gas, maintenance, and repairs are almost enough to make me consider bicycling as an option! Us Conlees, however, now have a Bugatti in our possession. Until a year […]

22 July

The Sniff Test

The Sniff Test

Have you ever blown it? Have you ever blown it as a parent? My answer is yes to both… a dozen times every day. Have you ever been disappointed by your lack of faith? If you are right there with me, then this statement from my last blog could bring a touch of fear or […]

17 July

This is NOT a Test – Part 2

This is NOT a Test – Part 2

On Tuesday, I sounded the alarm. It is imperative for every Christian to realize that the enemy is attempting to claw his way into the lives of our students at a younger and younger age. Our first reaction is to pull our kids in close and put them in the tightest bubble possible. Most of […]

15 July

This is NOT a Test – Part 1

This is NOT a Test – Part 1

I’m sure you’ve heard the robotic voice that the Emergency Broadcast System uses as they simulate an emergency: “This is only a test.” As of today, it is no longer a test in my book. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to wake up and acknowledge that our world has changed! My 14 year old […]

26 June

Been There, Done That: In-Laws

Been There, Done That: In-Laws

By the time your children are grown, I imagine that you feel pretty confident in most areas of life. After all, you survived the most time-intense season of parenting. With an empty nest, there is an opportunity for many to experience new freedoms and even a little raise once your kids are off the payroll! […]

24 June

Been There, Done That: Your Child’s Wedding

Been There, Done That: Your Child’s Wedding

Planning your child’s wedding may be months away or decades away, depending upon your stage of life. One thing is for sure: It is an occasion full of emotion, opinions and expectations. I don’t think it is ever too early to begin to have a healthy perspective on this special day. As a mom, you […]

19 June

Been There, Done That: Teen Dating

Been There, Done That: Teen Dating

This entire blog series started last spring. One afternoon, our son announced that he wanted to go to dinner with a girl from school. We had always said that he could not date until he could drive. We knew that we needed to establish some guidelines in the upcoming months, but we had never factored […]

17 June

Been There, Done That: Teen Drivers

Been There, Done That: Teen Drivers

Vroom. Vroom. The day that your little baby is legally permitted to operate a weapon of mass destruction that we commonly call a car should be marked in some solemn ceremony. In May, I took my oldest child to get his driver’s permit. After an hour and a half in line at the crowded and […]